Transfer for Research Partnership Grants

  • National Defence works closely with federal research funding agencies to support university-based research related to defence and security.
  • In these Estimates, National Defence is transferring $1.5 million to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
  • $1.2 million of the total funds will be transferred to NSERC to fund multiple projects at Canadian universities on a variety of unclassified technologies, such as:
    • transportation infrastructure;
    • security infrastructure;
    • human-computer interaction;
    • bacterial toxins; and
    • data stream processing.
  • $342,632 of the total funds will be transferred to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to fund research related to:
    • military organization culture change;
    • diverse organizational teams; and
    • autonomous intelligence systems.
  • These grants ensure that National Defence continues to leverage research in the fields of defence and national security.

Key Facts

  • Canadian universities conducting research projects: Calgary, Carleton, Guelph, Laval, and Waterloo


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

  • In July 2016, Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), an agency of National Defence, signed a joint initiative agreement with SSHRC to conduct research related to:
    • Military personnel readiness;
    • Organizational and operational effectiveness; and
    • Human effectiveness in modern operations.

Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

  • The transfer to NSERC provides funding for 12 jointly-approved research projects jointly approved by NSERC and DRDC under the Department of National Defence – Collaborative Research and Development Grant funding opportunity.
  • The joint research grant project initiative will support unclassified university-based research, research training and research-related activities in natural sciences and engineering priority areas which are dedicated to the development of non-weapon specific technologies with potential dual use applications.
  • Examples of the 12 projects with NSERC include:
    • Université Laval: A concept of transport infrastructures on unstable permafrost;
    • University of Guelph: Structure and Function of Bacterial Toxins;
    • University of Calgary: An interoperable and secure geospatial Internet of Things (IoT) platform for real-time data stream processing;
    • University of Waterloo: Human-Computer Interaction in Spatial Augmented Reality;
    • Carleton University: Security Infrastructure for Modern Information and Message Exchange Systems, Networks and Applications.

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